CELEBRATE WITH US - We, at The Community News, are celebrating our 30th birthday. We first published on February 10, 1987. We thank and salute all area businesses and others who have supported The Community News through advertising, subscriptions, and supplying information. Local businesses herein account for more than 771 years of serving the local community! Support them.
The budget process has begun in the Conneaut School District as the school board’s budget and fiance committee held their first session last week and figures began to trickle down from the state as to what kind of support the district might receive in the year beginning July 1.
Governor Tom Wolf gave his budget address that proclaimed increases in state support for basic education and special education - many state representatives and senators jumping on the band wagon of increased support - but as always the details are in the figures.
Wolf proposed a basic education funding increase of $100 million statewide and a special education funding increase of $25 million.
Lost in that flag waving - while every increase is appreciated as school districts battle increased costs - is the fact that the proposal is to take away some support for transportation costs and flat fund career and technical centers [vo-techs].
Early State Department of Education figures show Conneaut would receive an increase of $103, 094 in basic education and an increase of $30,017 in special education, a overall increase of $133,111.
No figures were available as to what will be taken away in transportation noting the flat funding for career and technical monies.
Read more in this weeks issue.
For additional details about Budget process begins in Conneaut, as well as the headlines noted below, please purchase a Monday, February 13, newspaper at area locations or a digital download of the paper.
- Bus drivers needed ! Help wanted! Page 13!
- CL BORO PAYING NEARLY $200,000 IN BILLS!
- Ice House festival plans CL boro topic,
discussion on CL town, beach renewal plans
NEW BOOTS - The Linesville VFW hosted a showing of the movie New Boots - narrated by Chuck Rudler of Linesville, who spoke of his serving in the Army during World War II including his time as a prisoner of war. Narrator and MC John Beagle said Rudler’s story is the story of thousands who served in that war. The film was made in the Linesville area with re-enactors from as far away as Columbus, OH, and St. Mary’s. It is a touching and deeply moving story attesting to man’s ability to survive horrendous conditions. In photo above, from left is Rudler, and fellow veterans Shyrl Hood, Bill Brooks and John Beagle who is wearing Rudler’s WW II coat.
Student numbers continue to fall in the Conneaut School District as 90 day enrollment figures show 1,992 in the school district.
That is down from 2,023 from third day figures in August at the start of the school year.
A year ago 90 day figures showed 2,048 in the district while 90 day figures from the 2007-2008 year showed a total of 2,687, a drop of 695 students in 9 years.
Smaller families and loss of manufacturing jobs figure into the equation.
Teaching staff numbers, once as high as 216, now number 150.
Read more in this weeks issue.
For additional details about Student numbers fall below 2,000, as well as the headlines noted below, please purchase a Monday, February 6, newspaper at area locations or a digital download of the paper.
- BUS DRIVERS NEEDED ! HELP WANTED! PAGE 13!
- SHOP LOCAL INSIDE! KEEP OUR ECONOMY
- SUMMIT HEARS PLAN FOR CL PARK COTTAGE AREA - PAGE 2!